RWC Course Statements

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications Course Statements


  1. Regulations & Policies: Please read the Regulations & Policies section of The University of Winnipeg Academic Calendar for information on attendance, grading, withdrawal dates, academic misconduct (including plagiarism), discipline, and appeals.
  1. Respectful Learning and Working Environment: All students, faculty and staff have the right to participate, learn and work in an environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. The UW Respectful Learning and Working Environment Policy may be found online at
  1. Religious Holidays: Students can choose not to attend classes or write examinations on holy days of their religion as long as they give their instructor at least two weeks’ advance notice. If the student gives the instructor appropriate notice, the instructor will provide an opportunity for the student to make up the work without penalty. A list of religious holidays can be found at
  1. Accessibility Services: Students with documented disabilities, temporary or chronic medical conditions, requiring academic accommodations for tests or exams (e.g., private space) or during lectures or laboratories (e.g., access to volunteer note-takers) are encouraged to contact Accessibility Services (AS) at 786-9771 or email to discuss appropriate options. Specific information about AS is available on-line at All information about a student’s disability or medical condition remains confidential.
  1. Webmail: You should check your webmail email regularly as this is the address that the University will use and that I will use for official correspondence related to the course or to other administrative matters. If you want to forward your webmail correspondence to your personal email account, instructions are available at          
  1. Privacy: The Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications wishes to ensure that your right to privacy while handing in and getting back assignments is protected. Most assignments will be handed in and handed back in class. If assignments are to be handed in or returned in another manner, and you are concerned about others having access to your work, you should attach to your assignment an 8 ½ x 11 envelope with your name on it that can be sealed. If the envelope is stamped and self-addressed, your assignment will be mailed to you.  If you do not attach an envelope, it is assumed that you have waived your concerns in this area.
  1. Tutoring: The Computer Writing Lab (3G10—3rd floor of Graham Hall) is open for your use. Hours are posted on the door. Also, the Department offers free tutoring for students who want help on any aspect of writing. Please speak with the supervisor in 3G10 to make an appointment with a tutor or follow this link:
  1. Class Cancellations: Classes will only be cancelled under exceptional circumstances; if an instructor needs to cancel a class, they will make every effort to inform you of the cancellation through your webmail email; a cancellation form will also be posted outside the classroom.
  1. Research Ethics: If students plan to conduct minimal-risk research interviews, focus groups, surveys, or any other method of collecting data from any person, even a family member, they must obtain the approval of the Departmental Ethics Committee before commencing data collection. (For greater-than-minimal-risk or Graduate student studies, approval of the UHREB is also required.) Exceptions are research activities in class as a learning exercise. For submission requirements and deadlines, see Please note that the Department Ethics Committee will require approximately two weeks to evaluate an undergraduate student’s research ethics proposal, so a student who thinks they may want to conduct this type of research needs to speak with their instructor early in the course.
  1. Avoiding Academic Misconduct: Uploading essays and other assignments to essay vendor or trader sites (filesharing sites that are known providers of essays for use by others who submit them to instructors as their own work) involves “aiding and abetting” plagiarism. Students who do this can be charged with academic misconduct.
  1. Avoiding Copyright Violation: Course materials are owned by the instructor who developed them. Examples of such materials are course outlines, assignment descriptions, lecture notes, test questions, and presentation slides. Students who upload these materials to filesharing sites, or in any other way share these materials with others outside the class without prior permission of the instructor/presenter, are in violation of copyright law and University policy. Students must also seek prior permission of the instructor/presenter before photographing or recording slides, presentations, lectures, and notes on the board.
  1. Academic Misconduct: As a student at the University of Winnipeg, you need to understand what academic misconduct is. The University believes in academic integrity and will penalize students who commit academic misconduct.

Here’s what you need to do:

Read the University of Winnipeg Academic Calendar (Regulations & Policies section) to find out

  • what academic misconduct is
  • the procedures the University uses to investigate academic misconduct
  • the possible penalties.

Know what cheating and plagiarism mean

  • cheating means getting someone else to do your work for you and handing in that work as your own
  • plagiarism means presenting someone else’s words and ideas as your own; it includes
    • using the exact words you found in a source in your paper and not putting quotation marks around these words; even if you include a citation and a reference entry, this is plagiarism
    • changing a few words in a passage from a source, putting the passage in your assignment, and not using quotation marks; again, even with a citation and a reference entry, this is plagiarism
    • rewording a passage from a source and putting the passage in your assignment, but not showing in any way that these are not your ideas; this includes not introducing the passage in a way that shows it comes from something you have read and not including a citation or a reference entry
    • handing in the same assignment in two or more classes without having the permission of all of the instructors.

Learn how to avoid plagiarism

  • ask for information from your instructor or from the staff in the Tutoring Centre
  • use the reference manuals that are available in the University Library
  • read the information on plagiarism on the University Library’s website
  • find and use online resources that teach about documentation, such as the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University (

Understand the consequences of any form of academic misconduct

  • your instructor can report you to the Departmental Review Committee and the Senate Committee on Academic Misconduct
  • the Senate Committee can decide that you have committed academic misconduct and penalize you
  • the incident and your penalty will be on your file until you graduate.